KU, St. John’s slated to square off in 2021 Big 12/Big East Battle in New York

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) roars after swatting a Baylor shot late in the second half on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. At right is Baylor guard Mark Vital (11).

The Kansas men’s basketball program will face St. John’s in New York City in this year’s Big 12/Big East battle during the 2021-22 regular season.

The game, which was officially announced Wednesday, will take place on Dec. 2 at UBS Arena in Elmont, N.Y., the future home of hockey’s New York Islanders.

It will mark KU’s second trip to the Big Apple during the 2021-22 season, as the Jayhawks are also slated to face Michigan State at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan on Nov. 9.

KU and St. John’s have met 13 times since 1950, with the Jayhawks winning the last two meetings and four of the last five. KU leads the all-time series 8-5. The most recent KU-SJU showdown came on Nov. 10, 2000, when KU won 82-74.

The game will mark KU’s third appearance in the Big 12/Big East Battle. The Jayhawks defeated No. 8 Creighton at Allen Fieldhouse last December and fell to No. 18 Villanova in Philadelphia in December of 2019.

According to a release announcing the game, this year’s matchups were jointly determined by the two conferences. The home school has the right to determine the venue of its game. Broadcast arrangements for the games will be determined by the national television rights holder of the home team, which is ESPN for the Big 12 and FOX Sports for the BIG EAST.

The four-year agreement between the two conferences runs through the 2022-23 season and features an equal number of games played in each conference’s home market each year.

Tipoff times and television designations will be announced when available.

Here’s a look at all of the matchups in the 2021 Big 12/Big East Battle:

Dec. 1 – Texas Tech at Providence

Dec. 2 – Kansas at St. John’s

Dec. 4 – Iowa State at Creighton

Dec. 5 – Xavier at Oklahoma State

Dec. 7 – Butler at Oklahoma

Dec. 8 – Marquette at Kansas State

Dec. 8 – Connecticut at West Virginia

Dec. 9 – Texas at Seton Hall

Dec. 12 – Villanova at Baylor

Dec. 18 – TCU at Georgetown


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